Which part of Headingley would you recommend most favourably to a friend thinking of moving to the municipality?
South Headingley (roughly bordered by Alboro, the river, Wescana and the Grand Trunk Trail) has a generous mix of old and new homes, drips with park-like character and has an agreeable flavour of country. Its downsides are the ghastly overhead power lines on most streets and a sort of inchoate, ragged element in the pattern of its growth.
Those aren’t problems in the residential developments, but they have their share of pluses and minuses.
Marston Meadows (MM) displays fetching, soundly-built residences that are well laid out in a pleasant setting. If you like order and conformity, and don’t mind unremitting dreary stucco exteriors, it’s for you.
Less stuck on stucco is Breezy Bend Estates. Though not a hotbed of unique or particularly innovative housing styles, it does exhibit a decent variety of abodes that project a cheerier attitude than MM. And its overall landscaping is superb.
Deere Pointe Park, still a dishevelled work in progress, holds exciting promise of swatches of meadowland and glimmering ponds connected by a winding roadway as well as an amiable walking/bike path. Some of the dwellings rising from the rubble there hint of a cachet to match these delightful environs to be. But the jury is still out.
Assiniboine Landing can boast some of the most luxurious chateaux in the region. Trouble is, it seems to have missed the moat bridge by stuffing sometimes-colossal structures onto Lilliputian lots, largely robbing them of a grander potential. Plus the development’s stab at being eco chic with its tall grass weeds has only managed to confer on the locale an air of scruff.
A particularly likeable section of Headingley is Charles Glen. It presents an airy, open ambience with ample lots. It has a seasoned, comfortable feel to it, with wooded copses melding into lush groves and unhurried lawns. Its one flaw is unsightly overhead power lines.
North of the Trans Canada Highway, Heartland Estates is tidy, serviceable and unpretentious to the point of bland. Its regimented rows of stucco-clad clone houses conjures the image of a remote rehab camp. A retired Prussian army officer would groove these digs.
One of the most appealing physical features of Headingley is the semi-pastoral drive along Roblin Boulevard from the Perimeter to the end of the pavement. Alas, too many commercial establishments and those ubiquitous ugly aboveground electrical cables steal much of its charm.
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Bob Holloway is a community correspondent for Headingley.